COBOL - Built to Last
In this sense, COBOL and its scapegoating show us an important aspect of high tech that few in Silicon Valley, or in government, seem to understand. Older systems have value, and constantly building new technological systems for short-term profit at the expense of existing infrastructure is not progress. In fact, it is among the most regressive paths a society can take.
From Finger to Facebook - what can we learn by looking at past digital identity systems?
#identity #dns #did #computerhistory
Salome Viljoen is currently writing some of the most thorough critiques of the push to turn data into individual property or a human right. There is a better path forward and she outlines it here: https://phenomenalworld.org/analysis/data-as-property
Gallery 404 is proud to add two artworks originally commissioned by the seminal net.art organization, Turbulence: "Snuff" by Harris Skibell and Damon Horowitz http://www.netart.today/pages/0.html and "Vocabulary" by X Baczewska. http://www.netart.today/pages/1.html.
These pieces were pioneering interactive audio/visual net.art artworks. Neither work on contemporary machines without special software (Java applet & Shockwave, respectively). I especially enjoy "Vocabulary" as a way to experience music/concrete poetry.
So happy to see Alan Turing on the £50 note. He was incredibly imaginative and lived beyond the limits set by society. A hero of mine. https://www.bbc.com/news/business-56503741
Loving @noeldemartin's "Freedom Calculator." A funny, empirical way of deciding how much time you have left to do what you want: https://noeldemartin.com/experiments/freedom-calculator
Mozilla takes lead in new push for FCC to 'reinstate net neutrality' https://www.cnet.com/news/mozilla-takes-lead-in-new-push-to-fcc-to-reinstate-net-neutrality/
"Safari is now probably the influential wild card browser for user privacy" by Chris Siebenmann https://utcc.utoronto.ca/~cks/space/blog/web/SafariUserPrivacyWildcard
Not sure I agree 100% with the article, but it is true that Safari is now the non-Chromium browser with the most influence. Firefox certainly has influence at the standards bodies, but Safari can say "jump" and web developers have to say "how high?" According to https://gs.statcounter.com/, Firefox's market share has dropped from 4.58% to 3.76% in the last year.
I've been charting & reporting on COVID-19 in Turin, Italy for the last year. I started this local effort because our region was often overshadowed by mighty Milan.
Huh, @firstname.lastname@example.org claims, "Steampunk is the promise of industrial-scale production with artisanal-style work." Not wrong... but surprising. Interview with This Machine Kills:
Turing Complete. Art. Lisp.
👥 Working on identity tools in Turin, Italy.
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